Food Cycles

Griffin/DSI Gallery  •  Boston, MA  •  October 2010


Ourobous, the Greek symbol of eternity, came to my mind as I looked at images Francine Zaslow was creating for a collaborative cookbook. Known for imbuing all objects with a layer of sensuous texture and mystery, Zaslow added a sense of reverence to basic elements of sustenance. Nose-to-tail cooking techniques were the basis of this cookbook and provided the concept and context for our exhibit. Images most emblematic of the fundamental and eternal cycles were chosen. I exhibited several in our group exhibition at Tokyo Photo in September of 2013.

How many people travel across state lines to attend an opening? Apparently, several! Estimates of 100 guests filled the gallery with a tangible buzz over the toned, sepia toned fiber prints ofFrancine Zaslow’s collaboration with chef David Remillard and food stylist Beth Wickwire.

On it’s way to a cookbook, the work was influenced by the practice of utilizing the whole animal in foods of other cultures. The decision to print the digital images in black and white turned vegetables, fish and fowl into sculpture; a feast of texture and painterly still-life beauty. Known for her attention to detail and a Zen-quality of suspension – Francine enhanced the “otherworldly” quality of the prints with painted backdrops by Susan Strauss. The eloquent artist statement by Tom Babbitt speaks to the journey beyond food to the cycles of life, art and spirit that the images evoke.

Local photographers including Sylvia Stagg-GiulianoNancy Carbonaro, Randy Goodman, Meg BirnbaumBruce Peterson andBob Packert joined Barbe Ennis & Michelle Tetrault of Ennis, Incand stylist Ann Fitzgerald of Team in admiring their colleague. Guests from Maine, CT, NH and Western Mass made the effort to be part of the celebration. City Planners and Renovation Specialist Bruce Irving, who attended our last architectural show and gallery talk made their way to explore this body of work.

At Digital Silver Imaging, we celebrate the myriad connections the gallery affords us with our community.   Intended as a format to showcase our ability to make true, silver gelatin prints from digital files and exposing the art of photography to unique audiences – we have tapped a creative synergy beyond our expectations. We may ship internationally and form virtual relationships, but we continue to be grateful, honored and amazed by the cycles of relationships within our own photographic network.  We are grateful for our association with the Griffin Museum of Photography and the amazing support from director Paula Tognarelli and Frances Jacubek.

All 13 of the toned silver gelatin fiber prints are in our online gallery.  The images are 18×24, and framed 25×31 for $1200.  The diptych image is 20×30 in a 26×36 and is $1400.  Please contact Eric Luden at Digital Silver Imaging for details.

“Food Cycles” is on display DSI in Belmont through Nov 12th.  Gallery hours are Mon – Fri 9-5:30.  Francine will have a gallery talk on October 14th at 7PM at the DSI gallery in Belmont, MA.